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1. Closer – What’s worse than having the win snatched away from you in the ninth inning because you don’t have a closer.
2. Late inning relief – IMO, this team would have won the division if Broxton, Cecil, Oh, and Siegrist had not performed miserably.
3. Middle of the order bat – The division is going to be better next year. We will need more offense.
4. Innings eater starter – Its bad when your starter gives away the game in the first three innings, or sometimes, in the first inning, and you have to use up your bullpen just to get the game over with.
5. Improve team ‘culture’ – The players that aren’t enthusiastic about playing need to go somewhere and get a fresh start.October 10, 2017 at 7:45 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #35720
I don’t claim to be right, NC315. All I claim is the right to say what I’m thinking. I value the metrics that are posted in this forum and posted elsewhere. But I also like looking for the subjective aspects of players. I dislike players that act like they’re special. And when one comes along that just wants to compete and get better, I’m all in for that player. So far, it seems like Pham is one of those players.October 10, 2017 at 3:54 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #35699
Pham brings more than impressive metrics and financial control. He brings intangibles. He brings competitiveness on a daily basis. He brings commitment on a daily basis. He brings passion to his game, and to the game. Pham should be untouchable as far as I’m concerned. No one knows what those things are worth because you can’t buy them. They come from the heart and mind of the player, not from the gifts that he might possess.
You could almost say the same for Jose Martinez, although with him its tough to watch the ball bounce off his glove when that happens. I still wouldn’t trade him, though, and I wouldn’t sit him down. He plays hard. He has fun. And most of his metrics are good.October 10, 2017 at 11:45 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #35681
Rosenthal was one of the best closers in either league when he was healthy. I’d definitely try to sign him for two years. If he is able to pitch like he used to, $9M would be okay. Yes, it’s a gamble. But GM’s gamble all the time on players. It would also give Alcantara two more years of to get ready.
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I saw a lot of empty seats at Wrigley this year when the Cubs were struggling. That’s not to say the seats weren’t paid for. Cleveland wasn’t packing the stadium, either, and that’s after being in the WS last year, and having an even better team this year. IMHO, the fix is getting more players to play hungry like Tommy Pham. That’s what gets the fans excited. I don’t want to speculate on what it might take to get that to happen.
I understand that there are statistics that indicate that the bullpen was very good compared to other teams. But there were numerous times when Cecil came into a game and got lit up. The argument that Cecil’s numbers weren’t that bad is irrelevant, IMO. He was expected to get ours, and should have gotten outs. The same goes for Oh. He got lit up when all were expecting him to be about as good as he was last year. To me, it doesn’t matter that much what the numbers say because the reality is that Cecil and Oh were terrible most of the time, and if they had been good, we surely would have at least gotten a wild card. Also, when I say say that we lost this year because of failed pitching, I’m talking about this year only. If the Cubs were as good as everybody thought they were going to be, then we would not have had a chance, and better pitching wouldn’t have helped enough for us to win. I understand that we need more offense. But if it weren’t for the fact that there are big time bats out there that we could realistically acquire, we wouldn’t even be talking about acquiring a big bat. It is a complete anomaly that players like Stanton and Ozuna can even be in a conversation. Its comparable to St. Louis talking about trading Pujols and Edmonds when they were in their prime.
Pitching, pitching pitching. This team failed because it was built around pitching, and the pitching failed. If Cecil alone would have performed up to expectations, this team would have at the very least gotten a wild card. Then, there was Oh, and Rosenthal, and Reyes going down early, and Wainwright injured for the last two months of the season. We had enough to win this year.October 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #35479
Agree that there could be a rebuilding team like the Phillies that could effectively ‘force ‘ a player to sign with them by throwing so much money at him that he can’t refuse. That’s sort of like what the Red Sox did a couple of years ago with David Price. I think the Cardinals should consider going after Machado now. But my guess is, that if he hits the open market, the Rangers will be the favorites to sign him.October 8, 2017 at 12:15 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #35464
I don’t see a lot of teams bidding on Machado. Most of them already have a really good thirdbaseman. (Why the Cardinals don’t, nobody knows.)
Dodgers – Justin Turner – owed $51M through 2020
Nationals – Ryan Zimmerman – owed $50M through 2020
D-backs – Jake Lamb – under team control until 2020
Cubs – Kris Bryant – under team control until 2021
Rockies – Nolan Arenado – under team control until 2019
Astros – Alex Bregman – under team control until 2022
Red Sox – Raphael Devers – still a Rookie
Blue Jays – Vlad Guerrero – ETA should be about 2020
Yankees – Gleyber Torres – ETA should be 2018 – 2019
Just about every other team is rebuilding. Yunel Escobar is a free agent so the Angels will be looking for a thirdbaseman this winter, and my guess is that the they will sign Moustakas. So who will be the bidders for Machado?? Probably the Rangers, with Joey Gallo moving to first base, and the Cardinals. Some of the rebuilding teams like the Mets, the Phillies, and the Giants, could be bidders, also. But they are probably at a disadvantage because they are rebuilding.
As we’ve seen many times before, it really only takes one team that absolutely has to sign a player to drive the price up. The player’s agent typically will sucker that team until he gets the insane contract that he wants. It works almost every time. But it doesn’t appear that several teams bidding on Machado will be what drives the price up.
One thing that happens is that we have marginal defense with Carpenter at 1B, Fowler in CF, and Martinez in LF. I hope this doesn’t happen.
During the Indians/Yankees game it was kind of sickening listening to the announcers pander to the New York fan base. They were almost tongue-tied when Cleveland tied the game in the eighth. I don’k think its the announcers’ fault, though. I think their bosses tell them to do that. The Yankees now have to win three in a row in order to move on to the next round. Ha!
Agree. Alex Reyes has the potential to be a star player. People tend to ignore that when they talk about how the organization hasn’t produced any star players. Obviously, he has not proven anything yet.October 7, 2017 at 8:35 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #35425
I hope Girsch/Mozeliak at least kick the tires on Machado. Donaldson turns 32 on December 8, and he’s surely going to want 5 years. His ‘athleticism’ is going to drop off a lot during the last two years of his contract. He’s not that good defensively as it is.
Moustakas would be okay. But he’s not that great defensively, either. Gyorko’s defense at third might be as good as, or better than, either Donaldson or Moustakas. I’d almost just as soon see them go after Stanton, and Ozuna, and lets see if Wisdom can hit 30 Hr’s playing third. We know he’s got great defense at third.
BTW, you hear talk about ‘athleticism’ lately. Its not really clear to me what ‘athleticism’ means. I’m thinking it means something like ‘willing to be aggressive and play hard, and of course, having the tools to do that’.
I voted for Denton mostly because of make-up. Whenever I read something about him, it sounds positive.
I don’t have a high level of trust in the numbers any player puts up until they start seeing an effective breaking ball at AA. At low A the numbers don’t mean much at all, IMHO. Rowan Wick was at one time was going to be the next Dave Kingman. Now he’s trying to make it as a relief pitcher.
31. O’Reilly So far, he gets people out. He wins games.
32. Denton ‘Baseball rat’, or so they say. With that kind of commitment, you have to think he will continue to improve.
33. Mendoza Maybe, just maybe….. Too early to be certain of anything.
34. Poncedeleon He’s back and healthy. MLB middle reliever?
I think the Jays have eyes for Carson Kelly.
I’m wondering if Chris Carpenter is going to be hired as a coach next year. Chris was in the dugout during the last series in Pittsburgh. You could tell that he and Matheny get along well.
On another note Jenifer Langsoch said during an interview on ‘The Turn’ radio show on St. Louis FM 101.1 that neither coach was ‘receptive to advanced metrics’. Here’s the link to the interview:
In order to say a manager, or anything else for that matter, is bad, or good, you have to have a standard of comparison. Would somebody provide the names of who would be a good manager? Bruce Bochy was the managerial darling a few years ago. Do we want a candidate like Bruce Bochy who led the Giants to a last place finish with the tied-for-worst record in baseball? My point is that, although I cannot defend MM, I also cannot propose something better. I would point out, though, that he didn’t send Gyorko out to play SS or Wong out to play in the outfield this year.
The stuff we’re getting is based on leaks. You hardly ever get to find out who the leaker is.
I think Flaherty needs a full year at AAA. I don’t think his pitches have peaked yet. He needs more time for development. He came out of nowhere this year. But that doesn’t mean that he’s really arrived anywhere yet.
BTW, after the game today Dan McLaughlin said that Wainwright was going to have surgery to clean up his elbow, and that he’ll be ready to pitch next Spring……….
26. Luke Voit
27. Sam Tewes Potential is there.
28. Bruce Denton Great attitude.
29. Kramer Robertson Here’s hoping for the best.
30. Mike O’Reilly He doesn’t deserve to be ranked any lower, IMO.
to me Carp looks like a guy who has already made his money. So what’s there to worry about?October 1, 2017 at 5:23 pm in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #34825
Looking forward to your analysis of trade possibilities.
You can’t ignore the fact that Pearce has a lot of success. But he looks like a middle reliever, IMO.